(L-R) Leann Lindsey-Moon, Account Executive for Allegra, delivers Eat Local Shop Local “yard signs” to Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way of Transylvania County. The signs, sponsored by Allegra and White Squirrel Realty, will be in front of participating businesses on Saturday, May 12, the day of the event.
Eat Local Shop Local, United Way of Transylvania County’s annual focus on keeping things local, happens Saturday, May 12 this year. So far, 34 restaurants and retailers have committed to take part in Eat Local Shop Local.
Participating ‘Eat Local Shop Local’ businesses pledge to donate 10 percent of sales on Saturday, May 12, to United Way of Transylvania County. Shoppers can look for the logo in shop windows in advance and for signs in front of businesses on the event day.
“Eat Local Shop Local funds help individuals and families achieve and maintain health and stability. United Way of Transylvania supports local programs preventing homelessness, preventing abuse and neglect, and providing Early Childhood Education resources,” said Saunders Grommesh, Resource Development Director for United Way of Transylvania County.
“Eat Local Shop Local is a win-win-win for the community…Shoppers support the local economy, then businesses can support United Way, and then United Way supports neighbors in need of a little help,” explained Larry Galloway, owner of Charlie’s Tire Center.
“Eat Local Shop Local is on Mother’s Day weekend, so that means gifts for moms from participating merchants will give a little boost to important services in our community, like 2-1-1,” added Grommesh.
Businesses wishing to sign on to participate should contact Grommesh at the United Way office. Grommesh suggests that businesses sign up as soon as possible to get the full benefit of advance publicity and advertising.
People expecting to be out of town, or who will otherwise be unable to participate in Eat Local Shop Local are encouraged to support the community by donating directly to United Way of Transylvania County. Go to https://www.unitedwaytransylvania.org, https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), or send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712.
Participants to Date
Cedar Mountain Café
Hop Stop and Beer Garden
Quixote Fine Cuisine
Rocky’s Soda Shop & Grill
The Falls Café
The Phoenix and The Fox
Wine Down on Main
Area 22 Guitars
Blue Moon Gallery
Burlap & Lace
Charlie’s Tire Center
Gordon Family Pharmacy
Historic Toxaway Market
Love’s Jewelry & Gifts
Spice it to a Tea
Squatch Bikes & Brews
The Bear & The Peacock-Jewels by Julie
The Brown Bean Coffee Roasters
About United Way of Transylvania County
United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives. Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.
Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.
United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.
UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, adult day care, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.
To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.
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